Under the cap of a Snapple Green Tea that I had today my fun fact was:
Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.
I couldn’t help think about how our joy is stolen. What takes our laughs? Are our lives more boring or are we just taking ourselves too seriously? Why do we allow the sun to set on our laughter?
Perhaps we need to reclaim the childlike joy we encounter in the simplest things in life. Take joy in slowing down and playing outside, being silly just for the sake of being silly. Laugh out loud rather than holding it in.
I just thought this “Snapple Real Fact” was a bit depressing.
How are we going to teach the faith and traditions of the church to our young poeple?
How are we going to share the mysery and wonder with the next generation?
How can we lay the foundation for a spiritual life that will last a life time in?
I can’t help but think that worship is a wonderful catalyst and gateway for the passing on of faith so that the history and rich traditions are not lost to time as we pass on the best faith we can to young poeple.
I have had a number of conversations with a couple of different groups throughout this past week and a half and there is a common thread throughout a number of the conversations.
I think that the disconnect is a problem of perspective. Do you live out your faith so that you are can gain the approval of God? Or do your live out your faith as a response the love that God has already showered upon us?
We have been given an amazing gift that God loves us so much that God has made a way to come back in right relationship with him. While still messed up there has been a way for us to come to know the love of God in a new and amazing way. The bottom line is we don’t have to be a fined work to come to God. Take a look at this passage from Romans.
8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
–Romans 5:8 (NLT)
Each day we can choose to live in relationship with God. This relationship is not cohesive or divisive. God just longs to be in relationship with each and every one of us.
A boundary Breaking God
• We have these 2 stories with two men who are earnestly seeking out to come to know and follow God the best way that they know how.
o Cornelius—God tells him to go and find this man in Joppa
o Peter is praying and has a vision of the unclean food. (but it was more than just that)
• Barrier #1: Cornelius would have thought to have a hard heart to God’s word, but there was something that captivated him and apparently other Romans (Gentiles) because it would seem that there are a number of God-fearing gentiles.
• Barrier #2: Peter is a man who wants to be faithful and had been trusted to carry on the history and tradition of the church while telling others of this God news. He is in a very sticky situation because he is brushing shoulders with Gentiles and does not know how to treat them. God gives this vision.
o One of the most powerful scriptures comes from this “What God has made clean you must not call profane” v15
• The two finally meet and it must have been more awkward than a middle school dance at the beginning and then their visions were confirmed when the other has a similar story.
• Ramifications: (Not the first time God Has been a boundary breaker Joshua)
o God is a God over all of creation. God’s reach of grace is not limited to a place or particular people.
o God is mighty, but chooses to flex the authority in very unexpected ways. This seem to always catch us off guard.
o God extends the Kingdom to all people and places and this is an individual act not just a corporate endeavor.
? Peter says with a prophetic introduction, “I now realize God accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.” V.34 Continue reading “Boundry Breaking Love”
These past couple of days have been a far cry from the windy blizzards that were here at the beginning of last month. And with this I think that my attitude had climbed with the temperatures. There is something magical about the first could of warm days that makes people want to get outside, and I am no exception.
Last Saturday Eden and I went to Baker park and walked the park, played on playgrounds, pet dogs, made new friends, took pictures, and she fell asleep 100 years before we got back in the car to go home. For the past 2 days I have been able to dust off the bike and get a couple of road rides in, and I hope that I can do the same today.
I have been telling Katie that i have NEEDED to get out for the past little bit, but I don’t know that I realized how much I needed to get out to do something physical. The days after a ride I wake up sore, but I am also mentally less tired and more ready to face whatever the day will bring. I feel like I am less grouchy and so much more productive.
Many times we talk about the need to get our and find rest through Sabbath. It is times like this that I realize the real value in letting your soul rest in things that set it free. What a blessing this weather has been. I hope it continues.
1 My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises! Wake up, my soul!Psalms 108:1 (NLT)
I have been neglecting some of my revbishop time for the past couple of weeks because of the roof situation, absence of the senior pastor, the beginning of lent, cleaning the house for the new pastor to have a walk through, getting the call that Katie is going to be reappointed, a sick daughter, youth rally, and prep for my session on worship at Messiah’s Youth Worker conference, and some other stuff.
To make up for some lost time in the mist of all the stuff and a desire to get some stability back I needed to post something. So here are a couple of things that are going on that in the middle of the chaos I have been really excited about.
I have been spending time over at mtownumc.org/jesuscreed moderating a blog for our lenten study go have a peek.
We are doing a youth small group on Mark Batterson’s book Primal. I am developing a reading guide if you would like to do it with your youth check it out here…it is a great book and there is wonderful conversation to come out of it about loving God and others.
Confirmation retreat was modified because of the state of the building, but still a ton of fun. Note: if you are trying to make “slime” pudding, food coloring and applesauce make a wonderful mess.
We had a video scavenger hunt and my thoughts before hand were “This is either going to be really really great or really really bad.” Turned out way more fun than I thought.
My new idea for youth group planning is a somewhat open source model where the kids are given the theme for the evening and some scripture and they come up with the game, worship music and drama if applicable. the message is still done by youth leaders or SLT members.
Had a wonderful bridal shower for 2 young adult couples with comments that are a little to steamy for the blog (sorry, you should have been there).
Have had some great ideas about what to do with the sanctuary while there is still no flooring.
Want to make a prayer wall with one of the sheet of plywood laying around the church.
With each passing day I long for the snow to melt on the mountain so I can go ride in the watershed.
I am hoping to get some of the other posts that i have in my draft bin into full fledged posts soon.